Agenda and minutes

Venue: The Guildhall

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Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Substitutes

To receive details of any Members appointed to attend the meeting instead of a Member of the Committee.

Minutes:

Councillor Lamb for Councillor Desayrah and Councillor Cockeram for Councillor Stephen.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

None.

3.

Public Participation

Up to a total of fifteen minutes can be allowed, each speaker being allocated a maximum of five minutes, for members of the public to present a petition, ask a question or comment on any matter on the Agenda or within the remit of the Committee.

Minutes:

None.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Of the meeting held on 11th March 2024 to be approved and signed.

Minutes:

Councillor Gregson stated that he had declared an interest in item 52 (Community Festivals) at the last meeting as Chair of the Elgar Festival. However, this event had not been mentioned in the report. He made refence to the success of the festival this year, which had been well attended, and he thank the Guildhall staff for their work in support of the event there the previous Saturday.

 

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 11th March 2024 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

5.

Quarter 4 Annual Performance Report for 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 91 KB

That the Committee note the Council’s quarter 4 and annual performance for 2023/24.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the annual and quarter 4 performance report. The Corporate Director – Finance and Resources presented the report and highlighted the main points. Only two indicators were shown as Red and he explained the reasons for this.

 

Officers responded to questions and comments from Committee Members on detailed aspect to the report.

 

In the ensuing discussion, the following main points were made:

 

·          In response to questions about the number of retail voids and the methodology for measuring city centre footfall, the Managing Director stated that more information can be provided in writing.

 

·          A legacy statement will be prepared at the conclusion of the Arches Project and it will be reported to this Committee.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee agree to note the Council’s quarter 4 and annual performance for 2023/24.

6.

Proposed Committee Performance Scorecard for 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 88 KB

That the Committee approve the proposed content of the Committee Performance Scorecard for 2024/25.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the proposed content of the Communities Performance Scorecard for 2024/25. The Corporate Director – Finance and Resources presented the report and Officers responded to questions and comments from Committee members. He explained that all the 2023/24 indicators apart from one have been brought through for 2024/25. Museums income will in future form part of the service’s Annual Report.

 

In response to a question about Play, Members were advised that the Scorecard will monitor projects delivered under the Play Plan. Officers will consider how overall progress with the Strategy can be reported to the Committee.

 

No amendments were proposed by Committee Members. The Chair advised that the measures can be amended at future meetings throughout the year.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee note the proposed content of the Communities Performance Scorecard for 2024/25.

7.

Draft Air Quality Supplementary Planning Document pdf icon PDF 119 KB

That the Committee:

 

1. approves the draft Air Quality Supplementary Planning Document, as set out in background Appendix 1, for a six-week public consultation;

 

2.  authorises the Corporate Director- Planning and Governance, in consultation with the Chair and Vice-Chair of Place and Economic Development Committee to make any necessary minor amendments to the draft Air Quality Supplementary Planning Document prior to publication; and

 

3.  subject to the outcome of the public consultation raising no significant material considerations requiring substantial amendments to the draft SPD, authorise the Corporate Director- Planning and Governance, in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of Place and Economic Development Committee, to make any necessary minor amendments and refer the draft SPD to Council for adoption.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the draft Air Quality Supplementary Planning Document. The Planning Policy Manager presented the report and highlighted the main points. The purpose of the report was to agree the draft Document, as appended to the report, for a six-week public consultation.

 

Officers responded to questions and comments from Committee Members.

 

Members were supportive of the draft Document.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee agree:

 

1.    to approve the draft Air Quality Supplementary Planning Document, as set out in background Appendix 1, for a six-week public consultation;

 

2.    to authorise the Corporate Director - Planning and Governance, in consultation with the Chair and Vice-Chair of Place and Economic Development Committee to make any necessary minor amendments to the draft Air Quality Supplementary Planning Document prior to publication; and

 

3.    subject to the outcome of the public consultation raising no significant material considerations requiring substantial amendments to the draft SPD, to authorise the Corporate Director- Planning and Governance, in consultation with the Chair and Vice-Chair of Place and Economic Development Committee, to make any necessary minor amendments and refer the draft SPD to Council for adoption.

8.

Any Other Business

Which in the opinion of the Chair is of sufficient urgency as to warrant consideration.

Minutes:

The Chair had stated earlier in the meeting that a private briefing would take place at the close of the meeting on planning enforcement in respect of untidy land and properties.